Getting Around in Tokyo, Japan

Bus

  • Tokyo 's Bus

    You need to check in advance which route you should take to go to your destination, since the routes of bus services are complicated. There are two types of buses in Tokyo

    1. "Front-boarding" buses

    - Operate in 23 wards of Tokyo and use a fixed fare regardless of your destination.

    - You will board from front entrance, put the fare into fare box beside the driver's seat and take a seat. If you have no coins and need to pay with a bill and get change, you make change at the money-changing machine attached to the fare box and then put the correct fare into the fare box.

    - As the bus reaches near the bus stop to get off, passengers must press the button attached to the wall to tell the driver to stop at the next bus stop. Waiting for the bus to stop, passengers get off from the rear door. Exit when you reach your destination.

    2."Rear-boarding" buses

    - Operate outside of the 23 wards, these buses will have you take a ticket when you board toward the rear of the bus.

    - When getting off the bus, you pay the fare indicated for your ticket on the electric signboard at the front of the bus. You'll put the boarding ticket into the fare box along with the fare. It is best to make change while the bus is stopped.

    One-day Tickets

    There are two kinds of one-day tickets offered by Tokyo Metropolitan Government:

    • a ticket (500 ¥/adult and 250 ¥/children) which allows passengers to get on and off metropolitan buses as many times as they like all day long.
    • a ticket (700 ¥/adult and 350 ¥/children) which allows passengers to get on and off metropolitan busses, trains and subways as many times as they like all day long.

    For further inquiries, contact the metropolitan bus sales offices located at various places in Tokyo, or any of the stations of the Arakawa Line or Toei subways. One-day tickets for immediate use are also sold on metropolitan buses and trains.

Taxi

  • Misuzu Taxi

    33346336

  • Tokyo MK

    55475551

  • Tokyo Yellow Cab Co., Ltd.

    35218880

Train

  • JRYamanote Line

    Tokyo has one of the most extensive mass transit systems in the world. It is clean, safe and efficient - and confusing. The confusion arises from the fact that several distinct railway systems operate within Tokyo - the JR East network, the two subway networks, and various private lines - and different route maps show different systems. Avoid rush hours if possible; trains get overcrowded very easily

    The defining rail line in Tokyo is the JRYamanote Line (山手線), which runs in a loop around central Tokyo; being inside the Yamanote loop is synonymous with being in the core of Tokyo. Almost all inter-regional JR lines and private lines start at a station on the Yamanote. JR's lines are color-coded, and the Yamanote is green. The JR Chuo (中央線, orange) and Sobu (総武線, yellow) lines run side-by-side, bisecting the Yamanote loop from Shinjuku on the west to Tokyo on the east. JR's other commuter lines, the Saikyo and Keihin-Tohoku, run off the rim of the Yamanote loop to the north and south. JR East has a good English information line, 050-2016-1603 or 03-3423-0111.

Car Rental

Driving

Distance unit
Metric (km/h)
Traffic system
Left-hand drive

Safety

  1. Drive on the left side of the road. Japanese traffic rules and signs (also in English) follow international standards.

  2. Follow the speed limit shown on road signs or markings. At places where there are not any road signs or markings, drive at 60km/h. On highways and expressways, drive at 100km/h unless specified otherwise.

  3. Do not drive after drinking alcohol. Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited and will result in a fine, imprisonment or penalty. When a driver is arrested for DUI, the driver and the person offering the car will be fined a maximum of 1,000,000 Yen, and all other passengers in the vehicle knowingly allowed the driver to drive will be fined a maximum of 500,000 Yen.

  4. Do not talk on the phone while driving.

  5. It is obligatory for all passengers to wear a seatbelt.

  6. Do not park illegally or your car may be towed away.

  7. Always carry your driver’s license!

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